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What you should know about tea

Tea is one of the most popular drinks in the world, knowns for its many health benefits and different types and kinds of tea. However, many are still unaware of the many information surrounding this drink and its culture.

All tea comes from the same plant.

Whether black tea, white tea, green tea, it all comes from the camellia sinensis plant. The varietals, oxidation level, and processing techniques differentiate each type of tea. Herbal blends are actually not “real” tea, since they come from other botanicals and specific flowers and plants.

Tea has more caffeine than coffee.

Pound per pound, tea leaves contain more caffeine than coffee. However, we use much less tea to make a cup of tea than to make a cup of coffee, so the overall caffeine content in a cup of tea is usually less than in a cup of coffee.

Temperature

Green and white teas require water of at least 150 degrees Fahrenheit, while the strongest variety, black, needs boiling water of 212 degrees Fahrenheit.

Taste

No tolerance for bitter tastes? Cold brew is a slower process that lessens the risk of bitterness caused by over-steeping. It works for many traditional loose leaf teas, as well as some oolongs and herbals.

Tea & Milk

There's an easy way to save your pearly whites from tea stains. According to a study recently published in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, a splash of milk is more effective than whitening toothpastes when it comes to preventing stains on the teeth!